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Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Camera: First impressions by a GH5 video shooter

Fujifilm X-T3 Key Specs
Fujifilm X-T3 Key Specs

It’s the yr of the mirrorless digital camera. For a man like me, who lives and dies by his digital camera, yr in and yr out, meaning numerous comparisons and exams.

When a bunch of latest tech hits I need to guarantee I’m capturing with the perfect device for the job. Full-frame mirrorless cameras like the brand new Canon EOS R, Sony A7 III, and Nikon Z6. And the brand new APS-C mirrorless Fujifilm X-T3. Little question that is an action-packed market. It appears to me that digital camera makers are clamoring over the $1,500-2,500 mirrorless market. This mid-range phase — or semi-pro or prosumer or whichever time period you favor to explain it — has grow to be more and more crowded, with numerous excellent selection.

However, for me, I’ve one — probably everlasting — query:

Can any of those new mirrorless cameras supplant the GH5 because the king of moveable 4K video?

Final weekend I shared my first impressions of the brand new Canon EOS R. This weekend, a nifty little Fujifilm X-T3 arrived from LensRentals and I’m placing it via the paces (subsequent w/e the Sony A7 III steps as much as the plate). Most evaluations of the X-T3 have been overwhelmingly constructive. At $1,499 USD Fujifilm delivers a lot in a compact physique. Video stunned most, with specs that belied its comparatively affordable price ticket.

Fujifilm XT-3: Hands-on first impressions by Clinton StarkFujifilm X-T3, considered one of a number of new, high-profile mirrorless cameras. Different notable new cameras on this phase embrace the Canon EOS R, Nikon Z6 and Sony A7 III. With the GH5, Panasonic continues to impress with its depth of video options, even when the physique was launched about 18 months earlier.

I’ve been capturing video right here on Stark Insider for about 12 years now. Time flies. I began out on a Canon Vixia camcorder, and when the DSLR revolution began with the sensible Canon 5D Mark II (1080p HD video on an interchangeable lens physique!) and I couldn’t afford the entry worth, I went for the Insurgent T2i, and slowly thereafter climbed the Canon DSLR improve ladder: EOS 60D to 70D to 80D. In that point we shot interviews for Stark Insider, backstage options at Cirque du Soleil and theater corporations in San Francisco, occasions up in Napa and throughout the Bay Space, and, just lately, dabbled in narrative and experimental brief movies.

When the GH5 arrived in 2017 every part modified.

Panasonic’s flagship mirrorless digital camera introduced it on. In a massive means. The specs have been (are) mind-blowing. 10-bit four:2:2 4K. As much as 180fps inner. Twin SD. Anamorphic help. Absolutely articulating LCD. Vlog (non-compulsory). Strong battery life. All of the filmmaking instruments you might need together with waveform, focus peaking, and so forth. I used to be skeptical then, however it solely took capturing a few tasks and a brief movie (Loopy or Die, see under) that sealed the deal. I used to be and am not a Canon shooter (at the very least for video). The GH5 is now our main workhorse for Stark Insider.

Shot on Panasonic GH5: CRAZY OR DIE

A lady struggles with notion, actuality and acceptance. What is important is invisible to the attention.
A brief movie by Clinton and Loni Stark
Gear: Panasonic GH5, Rokinon 35mm Cine, Sigma 18-35mm, Panasonic 12-35mm, Generay LEDs, a wig, faulty smoke machine, and stuffed animals (?).

Occasions change. Shortly. Particularly within the digital camera market. So right here arrives the well-regarded Fujifilm X-T3. It seems to be very attractive. It packs the specs. However how it’s within the hand, and does it realistically stand a probability to kick the GH5 within the nads? I’m unsure I’ve the complete reply right here, however at the very least for now I’ll share my first impressions after a road stroll by way of San Francisco and a few primary in-house checks.

Fujifilm X-T3: First Impressions from a GH5 video shooter

Fujifilm X-T3: Design, Dealing with, Ergonomics

Aesthetically Fujifilm has absolutely embraced its Vietnam heritage. The classic look is particularly one thing to behold in silver trim. Mine is black, however I’d go silver if I have been to purchase a Fujifilm X-T3. To my eyes, that is a beautiful wanting digital camera. I ought to say that I additionally assume the Canon EOS R is beautiful too.. in a totally different approach, a trendy means. Some individuals might not care about seems — I’m truly one among them — and put efficiency above all else, however for people who do care about the entire expertise this digital camera will possible put a smile in your face each time you decide it up.

As I famous in my EOS R article, Fujifilm is all about dials. So the design of the highest plate options a few dials on prime, and one other pair back and front built-in into the physique the place you proper hand sits. Utilizing these 4 dials — and a few buttons — allow you to regulate your future. Pragmatically, they permit you to set the digital camera mode — guide, precedence shutter/aperture, absolutely automated, and so forth. In contrast to most DSLRs and mirrorless cameras there’s no devoted mode dial. At first this created nice confusion for me. After a day or so, and fast peak within the consumer guide (after each potential urge), I’m beginning to get used to the thought. ymmv. It’s simply a type of design parts that you simply both like or don’t. In any other case this digital camera is constructed like a tank. Extraordinarily top quality supplies. Every little thing has satisfying motion and clicks. For instance, the battery compartment and reminiscence card slot and I/O cowl all really feel extraordinarily strong.

I’m unsure I really like the place Fujifilm put the rear joystick. It appears a little to low. On the GH5 your proper thumb sits comfortably close by. On the X-T3 it is advisable attain a little bit extra. Nonetheless, at the very least it has a joystick, one thing I sorely missed on the Canon EOS R, what with its fancy new M-Fn contact bar which replaces it.

One other odd design selection, at the least for my part, is the place Fuji positioned the main target change. Situated on the entrance I simply merely couldn’t but get used to switching modes (M, C, S). Maybe over time I’ll get used to the location. However I really like what Panasonic does with placing that perform on the again, once more near the correct thumb, the place you’ll be able to change focus mode, and lock AE as wanted with out hardly shifting an inch.

Fujifilm XT-3: Hands-on first impressions by Clinton StarkPairing a smartphone with the Fujifilm X-T3 is straightforward because of a guided course of that begins the primary time you energy on the digital camera.

Decide the X-T3 up and also you immediately really feel its heft. It screams high quality. To me it feels far much less platicky than Canons or Panasonics.

The grip is fairly shallow. When bracing for a shot and holding the digital camera firmly with my proper hand I really feel the arrogance the deeper grips on the EOS R and GH5 give me. Huge deal? In all probability not. I do know for some shooters the grip is of paramount significance. In order that’s one thing to think about.

I used to be stunned to find that the 18-55mm package lens has an aperture ring. I by no means knew such a factor existed, and thought the EOS R had a distinctive function in its new management ring. Nevertheless, right here it’s right here on the X-T3, at the least with this specific lens that got here on my rental. Flip off the AE change on the lens, and as you may anticipate you’ll be able to twist the ring to vary the f-stop. Very good. I’m unsure when you can change it in order that it adjusts ISO or shutter velocity (like you’ll be able to on the EOS R) and a fast scan by means of the menus didn’t instantly reveal such an choice, however having aperture right here is fantastic. In the event you like you possibly can program the entrance and rear dials to ISO and SS and readily have your publicity triangle readily at hand — and I choose that to utilizing the devoted ISO (left) and shutter velocity (proper) dials on the highest plate.

General, after a few days of dealing with the X-T3 I really feel Fujifilm’s historical past of images comes by way of in its design philosophy. It’s undoubtedly totally different. Totally different than Canon, Sony, Panasonic and Nikon. For a video shooter like me, it’s no too huge a deal as I’m principally fascinated about, properly, capturing video. Critical photogs in all probability already know if the Fuji is for them or not. It does take some follow, and the shortage of mode dial (for PASM) means studying a new, artistic (and intelligent) approach of getting there by way of some dial and button gymnastics. Get accustomed to it, nevertheless, and I’m guessing it turns into intuitive and probably higher than sliced bread — solely die-hard Fujfilm followers can say for positive.

Fujifilm X-T3: Within the Area 

After assembly my spouse at an artwork workshop in San Francisco, I proceeded to duplicate the solo stroll to a native espresso store I had made simply a week earlier with the Canon EOS R. A brisk 20 minute stroll afforded a number of road capturing alternatives (removed from my forte). Although my main curiosity is video, that is a hybrid digital camera in any case, and given its 26MP sensor that is one space the place on paper at the least the X-T3 seems to be to outperform the GH5.

Solely barely smaller bodily than the GH5 and EOS R (and different mirrorless cameras), the extra discrete nature of the X-T3 does make itself recognized when strolling about. It simply feels much less apparent. That’s very true contemplating I used to be utilizing the tiny 18-55mm package lens, whereas final week I used to be utilizing the large Canon 25-105mm package lens. After simply a few days, although, I’m loving this 18-55/X-T3 combo. The sensation in hand is great. Focus is surprisingly quick and reassuring. Focus and aperture lock are equally responsive, although I do discover the stretch, to left or proper, a little tough.

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Key Specs

  • 26.1MP APS-C X-Trans BSI CMOS four Sensor
  • X-Processor four with Quad CPU
  • UHD 4K60 Video; F-Log Gamma & 10-Bit Out
  • 2.16m-Level Part-Detection Autofocus
  • zero.75x three.69m-Dot OLED Viewfinder
  •″ 1.04m-Dot Tilting LCD Touchscreen
  • Prolonged ISO 80-51200, 30 fps Capturing
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi; Sports activities Finder Mode
  • Climate-Sealed Magnesium-Alloy Physique
  • $1,499 physique solely
  • $1,899 w/XF18-55mm Lens Package

The LCD is straightforward to see outdoor. I do want a few of the fonts have been bigger and positioned nearer to the sting of the display (issues like ISO, shutter, battery, shot rely, and so on.). I did discover some lag on the LCD when shifting the digital camera shortly. Nothing critical. Nevertheless it’s undoubtedly one thing I by no means recall seeing on the GH5.

EVF on the X-T3 is superb. The times of this stuff type of sucking appear lengthy over. From what I’ve seen from Fujifilm, Canon, Sony and Nikon, at the very least in 2018, is that we will now get on with our lives and just about agree that digital view finders have turn out to be so good now that our eager for good previous optical days are lastly receding. Principally. I say principally as a result of once I decide up my trusty previous EOS 80D and take a fast look by way of the OVF I’m like oooohhh, ahhhhhh.

Fujifilm X-T3: Photographs

Anyhow, right here’s some fast photographs from the X-T3. Out of digital camera RAW (.RAF), solely imported into Lightroom to downsample and add watermark. I ought to observe that the newest launch of Adobe Artistic Cloud now helps the X-T3 information. Once more caveat: images just isn’t my factor. There’s loads of fairly stuff on the market, pictures and movies, that basically showcase the X-T3. That is simply yet one more dude in a hoodie in San Francisco.


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Fujifilm X-T3: Can it dethrone the GH5 for video?

Panasonic GH5 with Rokinon 35mm lensPanasonic GH5 with certainly one of Clinton Stark’s do-it-yourself DIY purple gels. A 4K video monster that has but to satisfy its match.

I haven’t talked about video but. That’s as a result of that’s going to take extra time to dig into. I plan to document some 4K internally and in addition to hook up a Atomos Ninja Inferno to see what the HDMI output seems to be like, plus 10-bit four:2:2 information.

On paper, nevertheless, the X-T3 is may spectacular with regards to video. I think that demonstrates that we’re certainly dwelling within the YouTube and Vlogger period. Digital camera producers know the significance of social media, smartphone connectivity, and the necessity to “create content.”

I do know the Fujifilm X-T3 will get a many issues proper for video:

  • Filmmaking instruments are all right here (peaking, zebra, and so on.)
  • Twin SD slots — in my books important. Taking video in a place the place you possibly can’t readily get entry to once more (i.e. the Vatican for me just lately) requires a backup no questions requested.
  • Log profile — Flog
  • 10-bit 4K
  • H.265
  • Respectable battery life (to be examined)
  • HDMI output
  • Headphone/Mic jacks

And a minimum of one (main) downer:

  • Non flippy display — it doesn’t articulate on the X-T3 because it does on the GH5 and EOS R. Doesn’t sound like a huge deal. However it’s. Not only for Vloggers and selfie shooters (god assist us), but in addition a absolutely articulating display could be very useful when capturing excessive angles for movies, music and journey movies and for wedding ceremony videography. The answer right here is to make use of an exterior monitor on the expense of weight and extra battery. I might probably stay with it as I did when capturing throughout Paris and Iceland on a challenge for Stark Insider with the Sony A6500, however given the GH5 has a display that does all of it, that is a little bit of a sore level for me when contemplating the thought of changing the GH5 with the X-T3.

Then there’s the lens mount.

Fuji makes use of its personal, the X-mount. That’s one thing I haven’t talked about but, nevertheless it’s one other consideration. Probably, for a lot of this can be an important determination to make when occupied with shopping for a X-T3. Are you okay with the X-mount ecosystem?

Lengthy-standing Fuji shooters will little question don’t have anything to fret about. Simply improve already. However for others, Nikon or Sony or Canon or MFT shooters… time for a come to Jesus assembly. Are you prepared to both (1) adapt your glass (the place potential) or (2) promote all of it and re-build up on X-mount?

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I’m all in on EF. For me, Canon’s mount appears probably the most ubiquitous. I can put my Canon lens on a RED, MFT, Sony E-mount. With a Metabones Speedbooster (Extremely zero.71x) I’ve had nice success utilizing all my Canon glass on the Panasonic GH5. Works extremely properly, with stellar IBIS too — think about, with the ability to handhold a Rokinon Cine lens at 35mm and get a lovely, secure shot?! GH5 man. So to assume X-mount. Ugh. Unsure I’ve the urge for food and pockets to construct up lenses there fairly but, if ever. I’ve heard Metabones may be engaged on an X/EF Speedbooster. In that case, that might open up new alternatives for video shooters to make certain. This is the reason typically rental is a nice choice.

The lens mount has nothing to do, in fact, with digital camera efficiency. However it’s a key standards to evaluation when evaluating digital camera purchases. In the long run, at the least over time, the digital camera physique itself can be a lot inexpensive than all the cash we’ll spend money on glass over the lifetime of possession.

Fujifilm X-T3: Remaining ideas (for now)

Fujifilm X-T3 Key Specs

So after solely a few days my first impressions of the Fujifilm X-T3 are principally constructive. My solely hesitation is in its design which appears to be focused primarily at photograph shooters. Truthful sufficient. That’s half and parcel the legacy of this firm. It’s a stellar stills digital camera with some superb 4K video in addition. I’m fairly sure the X-T3 kicks the GH5 to the curb in terms of images. I’ve by no means been too happy with the GH5 relating to picture high quality.. the 20MP sensor and its weak AF efficiency don’t precisely assist. Meantime, I really like the pictures popping out of the X-T3.

As a hardened GH5 video shooter, although, it’s onerous to disclaim what the GH5 (nonetheless) brings to the desk. It’s type of just like the Porsche 911. Why do all of the automotive magazines appear to all the time examine the newest competitor from Aston Martin or BMW or Audi or Mercedes to the 911?! And so it goes in relation to these reviewing video cameras — DSLR, mirrorless — underneath $5K. The GH5 is the benchmark. In 2017, and nonetheless in 2018… and certain the best way I see it, into 2019.

However, in the event you worth 4K video and very top quality stills in a attractive, compact package deal it’s arduous to disclaim the attraction of the Fujifilm X-T3. These colours. Chic.

Glad capturing!

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